# Stewart writes the best undergradslop

Why are you still recommending spergy shit like lang or landau to people who are new?

1. 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

I'm not sure why it exists when it's completely superseded by Soviet books like N. Piskunov's calculus. It's strange to me that colleges choose instead to learn from a gay Canadian.

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Soviets only know how to plagiarize

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Slava Ukraini

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Ukraine is losing.

2. 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Because Stewart is fine if you're in business, but he only teaches through example really. You don't get a good generalized view of calculus

3. 3 weeks ago

In the first statement it says "clearly b + |ab| belongs to S"
How TF did we get to this result?

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

S is all positive `b - ak`
so k=0 and negative k
you can decide k yourself so pick k such `ak` = `-ab`
which is basically what the absolute sign signifies here

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

>so k=0 and negative k
(assuming b is positive)

so for the case `b - ac` where you pick c such that ac = `-ab` ...

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

[...]
S is all positive `b - ak`
so k=0 and negative k
you can decide k yourself so pick k such `ak` = `-ab`
which is basically what the absolute sign signifies here

I guess I should rephrase and say the absolute value is just to counter both the case where a might be positive and negative to make sure your multiple is in the right direction

• 3 weeks ago
Yay

I figured it out frens

4. 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

>anon takes his first course in calculus
>they use stewart book
>anon fails hard
>have a second read with another textbook
>since this is the second time he reads a calculus book, things flow a bit better
>he feels like he's learning
>"so the problem was that Stewart was shit, huh"
No, you midwit, it's just that you studied calculus twice by now.

5. 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Is it generally good to learn calculus from Tom Apostol as first contact with the subject? I find it very difficult

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

It's pretty good if you're autistic, because he doesn't leave much unproven. What part are you having difficulty with?

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Only the exercises, I don't have much trouble with understanding what's presented. For most of the exercises, it takes me too much time to complete them, or else I simply can't do them.

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

It's pretty good if you're autistic, because he doesn't leave much unproven. What part are you having difficulty with?

I am actually autistic though

• 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

I wouldn't worry then, because those exercises were written for an instructor or TA to give to students. Ideally, someone would be there to give you a well placed hint, and you'd probably figure out the rest. All of Apostol's answers are online so you could look up how to solve it, or ask here.

6. 3 weeks ago
Anonymous

Also forgot to mention. Some of his exercises are just boring drill exercises, but an exercise is good if:
a) It tests to see if you really understood the material, and how can you ever know this until you're asked to recall it?
b) It focuses your mind to think hard about the subject matter.
Of course getting the right answer is important, but the next best thing is to use the question to see where you're going wrong.